The first couple of pounds can seem to come off very quickly once you’ve had your baby and you decide that you’re ready to lose the weight, but for many women, the “easy” weight loss can stop there, and it can feel as though labor was easier than the task ahead.
Fortunately, celebrities aren’t the only ones who can get rid of those post-pregnancy pounds, and this can be accomplished in a healthy way. Recently published research that was conducted by scientists at the University of Chicago found that three quarters of all women who had given birth were even heavier a year after they had their babies than they were when they first became mothers. However, there are techniques that can make it possible to get those pounds off in a healthy and achievable way.
It is important to note that if a mother gains more weight during her pregnancy than is considered to be healthy and normal, it will be harder to regain the pre-pregnancy weight than it would if only the healthy amount of weight had been gained during that time. However, lectures about how important it is not to gain too much weight during pregnancy – for both the mother and child – are a little late after having given birth. It is better to focus on the future than to dwell on the past.
With a positive attitude, use the following techniques to get your body back to where it should be and to gradually drop those pregnancy pounds in a healthy way:
• Keep nutrient dense foods on hand – instead of trying to stop yourself from snacking, give yourself the opportunity to eat when you’re hungry, but just ensure that you’re choosing the right foods. Whole grains, fruits and veggies, lean protein, and healthy fats are all great choices.
• Avoid sugary, salty, and fatty foods – you may be exhausted from a lack of sleep, which makes you crave sugary, salty, and fatty foods, but those are the worst things that you can do for your body. By making smarter choices, you can eat just as much without having to worry about the same weight struggles.
• Try breastfeeding, if possible – although studies are inconsistent in showing that breastfeeding can bring on weight loss, you have nothing to lose (but weight) and it can help you to ensure better nutrition and immune health for your baby.